Catalog at Falvey
Keyword and subject searches in the Library's catalog are good starting points when first exploring a topic. Search results can be narrowed with facets such as topic, era, language or region. Facets are located on the right hand side of the results screen. WorldCat (OCLC)
Oxford Handbooks Online (selected works)
WorldCat is a catalog of library collections worldwide. WorldCat highlights publications available at Villanova University. Other items can be requested via an inter-library loan request form.WorldCat Step-by-Step
is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to this resource.
In-depth, high-level articles by scholars at the top of their field. Book Review Digest Plus (EBSCO)
Indexes book reviews published in U.S., Canadian and British periodicals, covering over 7,000 adult and children's books each year. Includes English-language fiction and nonfiction. Book Review Index Online (Gale)
A comprehensive online guide to book reviews with over five million review citations from thousands of publications.
Electronic Indexes to Article/Directory Resources
ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest)
The most comprehensive ABI/INFORM™ database, this comprises ABI/INFORM Global, ABI/INFORM Trade and Industry, and ABI/INFORM Dateline. The database features thousands of full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals, country-and industry-focused reports. Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
Business Source Premier is a full-text, scholarly and trade article database covering a wide range of topics including management, marketing, accounting, finance, economics, international business, operations management and management information systems. CQ Press Library (SAGE)
Combines many Congressional Quarterly (CQ) Press resources for research in American government, politics, history, public policy, and current affairs. Access is provided to Congress and the Nation (1945-2004), Historic Documents Series (1972 -), Political Handbook of the World, Supreme Court Yearbook (1989 -), Vital Statistics on American Politics and the Washington Information Directory, and more. Communication & Mass Media Complete (EBSCO)
CMMC offers cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 570 journals, and selected coverage of nearly 200 more, for a combined coverage of more than 770 titles; furthermore, this database includes full text for over 450 journals. CMMC incorporates the content of CommSearch (formerly produced by the National Communication Association) and Mass Media Articles Index (formerly produced by Penn State) along with numerous other journals in communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields of study. Congressional Publications (ProQuest)
Provides access to every facet of U.S. Legislative activity: hearings transcripts and submitted testimony, committee reports, bills, public laws, congressional member public interest group ratings, selected committee prints, congressional documents, the Congressional Record, the Federal Register, the Code of Federal Regulations, and the U.S. Code. Criminal Justice Abstracts (EBSCO)
Criminal Justice Abstracts covers crime trends, crime prevention and deterrence, juvenile delinquency, juvenile justice, police, courts, punishment and sentencing. The database contains indexes and summaries of international journal articles, books, and governmental and non-governmental reports on a wide range of topics in criminal justice. EconLit with Full Text (EBSCO)
Citations and abstracts of journal articles, books, working papers and dissertations from 1969 to present based on the Journal of Economic Literature's subject classification. This enhanced version of EconLit includes the full text of all AEA journals and roughly 600 other scholarly journals. Education Administration Abstracts (EBSCO)
Includes bibliographic records covering areas related to educational administration, including educational leadership, educational management, educational research, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. Education Full Text (EBSCO)
Education Full Text™ provides full text of articles from over 350 journals as far back as 1996, in addition to indexing of more than 770 periodicals dating back to 1983. Subject coverage includes adult education, multicultural/ethnic education, teaching methods and much more. Content includes in-depth coverage of special education and more than 100,000 controlled and cross-referenced names of educational tests. ERIC, the government education file, can be searched simultaneously by clicking Open Database Selection Area and selecting ERIC. Emerald Journal Database
Searchable database of full-text journal articles on management and economics. Villanova subscribes to a portion of the journals offered full-text in Emerald. Foundation Directory Online Professional
Excellent source for learning about non-profits via grant, grantmaker, company and 990 (non-profit tax form) searches. GuideStar Pro
Database of nonprofits searchable by a range of variables providing access to downloadable Internal Revenue Service Form 990 financial statements and supplementary self-reported information about programs and activities. Funded in part by Villanova School of Business ICPSR Bibliography of Data-Related Literature
The Bibliography of Data-Related Literature is a continuously-updated database of thousands of citations of works using data held in the ICPSR archive. The works include journal articles, books, book chapters, government and agency reports, working papers, dissertations, conference papers, meeting presentations, unpublished manuscripts, magazine and newspaper articles, and audiovisual materials. ICPSR Orientation Tutorial
Tutorial for Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research which has holdings that include several time series and other types of aggregate data; its holdings consist mainly of raw data derived from surveys, censuses, and administrative records. The data holdings contain some 6,000 studies and 450,000 files that cover a wide range of social science areas such as population, economics, education, health, social and political behavior, social and political attitudes, history, crime, aging, and substance abuse. JSTOR
A searchable and browsable archive of full-text core journals and books in the humanities, social sciences and mathematics. OECD iLibrary
Data and metadata for OECD countries and some selected non-member countries for everything from Agriculture to Welfare. PAIS International (ProQuest)
The Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS) database contains references for over half a million journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference papers, publications of international agencies, microfiche, Internet material, and more. Project Muse
Searchable collection of recent full-text humanities, social science and mathematics journals published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Public Administration journals at Falvey
Journals with the subject heading of public administration held at Falvey. Scopus (Elsevier)
Provides abstracts and citations for peer-reviewed journals in all major disciplines. Offers comprehensive coverage of the scientific, technical, medical, geographic and social sciences (including arts and humanities). Includes complete contents of GEOBASE multidisciplinary database. Social Sciences Citation Index/Web of Science
Provides access to current bibliographic information and cited references from the journal literature in the physical and social sciences. Search by article title word, journal title, author, cited author or reference, or address word (e.g. author's institution). Coverage begins 1956 to present. Social Sciences Full Text (EBSCO)
Index to international, English language journals in psychology, sociology, anthropology, geography, economics, political science and law. Social Services Abstracts (ProQuest)
ProQuest Social Services Abstracts provides bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development. The database abstracts and indexes over 1,600 serials publications and includes abstracts of journal articles and dissertations, and citations to book reviews. Sociological Abstracts (ProQuest)
Covers sociological topics in fields such as anthropology, economics, education, medicine, community development, philosophy, demography, political science, and social psychology. Journals published by sociological associations, groups, faculties and institutes, and periodicals containing the term "sociology" in their titles are abstracted fully. SpringerLink
An integrated database for journals, books, protocols, eReferences, and book series published by Springer. Villanova has full-text access to more than 2,500 fully peer-reviewed journals and some books, including the Lecture Notes in Mathematics and Lecture Notes in Computer Science Series.
Demographic tools - selected
American FactFinder is a web site used to distribute data collected by the United States Census Bureau. Data-Planet
It provides data for the lowest level of geography, to largest geographic entities, from zip code areas, to Census tracts.
Search and browse for datasets on topics ranging from banking to criminal justice to economic indicators to health to labor to natural resources and transportation gleaned from government agencies, private exchanges and international organizations. Statistical Datasets supports customized graphing, mapping and even some common statistical functions. ESRI Zip Code Lookup
Type in your ZIP Code to see demographic and lifestyle information about your neighborhood.
Type in your ZIP Code to see demographic and lifestyle information about your neighborhood. - See more at: http://www.esri.com/data/esri_data/ziptapestry#sthash.xaJVOIus.dpuf
Data and metadata for OECD countries and some selected non-member countries for everything from Agriculture to Welfare. ReferenceUSA
Directory with US private and public company reports. Also includes household data.
America's Health Rankings
For nearly 3 decades, America’s Health Rankings Annual Report has analyzed a comprehensive set of behaviors, community and environmental conditions, policies, and clinical care data to provide a holistic view of the health of the nation. America’s Health Rankings Annual Report is the result of a partnership between United Health Foundation and the American Public Health Association. Book of the States
The Book of the States provides answers and comparisons for all 56 states, commonwealths and territories of the United States through in-depth tables, charts and figures illustrating how state government operates.Published by the Council of State Governments (CSG). CenStats Databases
From the US Census Bureau, several databases of demographic and economic information, including Building Permits Data; International Trade Data; Census Tract Street Locator; Detailed Occupation by Race, Hispanic Origin and Sex; and USA Counties Data. Census (U.S.) Demographic Profiles
Search by U.S. summary or by state geographic areas: nation, region, division, state, county, county subdivision, place, consolidated city, metropolitan area, American Indian Area/Alaska Native Area/Hawaiian Home Land, and congressional districts. Census of Governments
Produced every five years since 1957, for years ending in "2" and "7." Identifies the scope and nature of the nation's state and local government sector; provides authoritative benchmark figures of public finance and public employment; classifies local government organizations, powers, and activities; and measures federal, state, and local fiscal relationships. Includes all state and local governments in the United States. Local governments include: counties, cities, townships, special districts (such as water districts, fire districts, library districts, mosquito abatement districts, and so on) and school districts
Collects and analyzes data from a variety of government and private sources to create informative profiles for every city in the United States. County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
Building on the work of America's Health Rankings, the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute has used this model to rank the health of nearly every county in the nation since 2010. County and City Data Book
Presents statistics on such topics as population, health, crime, education, income, trade for each county and incorporated city with 25,000 inhabitants or more. Data.gov
Data.gov increases the ability of the public to easily find, download, and use datasets that are generated and held by the Federal Government. Data.gov provides descriptions of the Federal datasets (metadata), information about how to access the datasets, and tools that leverage government datasets. Economic Policy Institute - EPI Datazone
A compilation of all the data behind EPI’s research, and includes historical data on wage trends, unemployment rates for different demographic groups and much more. FedStats
"The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. federal agencies." Financial Report of the U.S. Government GuideStar Pro
Database of nonprofits searchable by a range of variables providing access to downloadable Internal Revenue Service Form 990 financial statements and supplementary self-reported information about programs and activities. Funded in part by Villanova School of Business Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970
A compendium of statistics from over 1000 sources last updated in 1975 and has been expanded to include over 37,000 data series. Topics ranging from migration and health to crime and the Confederate States of America are each placed in historical context by a recognized expert in the field. The fully searchable and downloadable edition will permit users to graph individual tables and create customized tables and spreadsheets reflecting their own areas of interest. ICPSR Orientation Tutorial
Tutorial for Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research which has holdings that include several time series and other types of aggregate data; its holdings consist mainly of raw data derived from surveys, censuses, and administrative records. The data holdings contain some 6,000 studies and 450,000 files that cover a wide range of social science areas such as population, economics, education, health, social and political behavior, social and political attitudes, history, crime, aging, and substance abuse. Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
National Center for Education Statistics OECD iLibrary
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) offers several time series and other types of aggregate data that consist mainly of raw data derived from surveys, censuses and administrative records. The data holdings contain studies and files that cover a wide range of social science areas such as population, economics, education, health, social and political behavior, social and political attitudes, history, crime, aging, and substance abuse. Click here
for searching tips.
Data and metadata for OECD countries and some selected non-member countries for everything from Agriculture to Welfare. Polling the Nations
The database includes 18,000 surveys and 600,000 questions on more than 7,000 topics. Scope is international, from the United States to more than 100 other countries. Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
The Roper Center is to collect, preserve, and disseminate public opinion data; to serve as a resource to help improve the practice of survey research; and to broaden the understanding of public opinion through the use of survey data in the United States and around the world. Social Explorer
Create maps and download tables of U.S. Census & American Community Survey data from 1790 through the most recent available data. Social Explorer also offers access to a variety of other data sets, including U.S. election, health, crime, religion, & environmental data; UK Census 2011; Canadian Census 2011; selected Eurostat data (1990- 2014); and World Development Indicators (1960- 2013) from the World Bank. Social Trends and Indicators USA
"Provides detailed statistics on social issues paired with expert analyses of the statistics." Statistical Insight (ProQuest)
Indexing and abstracting (with select full text from 2007) of statistical resources from U.S. state government, business and research institute statistical publications. Tables for U.S. government and business reports. U.S. Census Bureau - State and County Quickfacts
QuickFacts provides statistics for all states and counties, and for cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more. UNESCO Institute for Statistics - World Education Indicators
Global and internationally comparable statistics on education, science, culture and communication. USASpedning.gov
The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (FFATA) was signed into law on September 26, 2006 and mandated the creation of a publicly available, searchable website that would provide the American public access to information on entities and organizations receiving federal funds. USAspending.gov went live in 2007. United States Historical Census Data Browser
Historical statistical data derived from the U.S. Census of Population and Housing.
Writing Public Policy - guides, examples
Congressional Budget Office - Topics
Congressional Budget Office featured topics and policy options. Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports
Congressional Research Service (CRS) is a FindLaw FindPolicy
think tank that provides research reports to members of Congress. Reports also collected at http://digital.library.unt.edu/explore/collections/CRSR/. CRS does not make even its non-confidential publications directly available to the public online. The Federation of American Scientists endeavors to provide current, regularly updated public access to as many non-confidential CRS reports as possible. These reports are provided without congressional or CRS authorization as a public service. The U.S. Department of State also provides a selection of Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports and Issue Briefs at http://fpc.state.gov/c18185.htm.
Open source search engine focused on reports and analyses from leading policy research organizations. FollowTheMoney.org
From the National Institute on Money in State Politics, tracks political donations in all 50 states. Reports the influence of campaign money on state-level elections and public policy in all 50 states.A campaign-finance database and relevant issue analyses are available through FollowTheMoney.org. GuideStar Pro
Database of nonprofits searchable by a range of variables providing access to downloadable Internal Revenue Service Form 990 financial statements and supplementary self-reported information about programs and activities. Funded in part by Villanova School of Business Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR)
The Institute conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue, and strengthen families, communities, and societies. Various publications can be viewed and printed. LandStat - Philadelphia Department of Records
The LandStat application supports analysis and display of aggregated data for land records information based on official documents tracked by the Department of Records through its PhilaDOX system. Master of Public Administration Program, Villanova University NACo - National Association of Counties
A national organization that represents county governments in the United States. NACo advances issues with a unified voice before the federal government,improves the public's understanding of county government, assists counties in finding and sharing innovative solutions through education and research, and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money. National Association of Towns and Towhships- NATaT
To provide America's smaller communities, towns and townships, and other suburban and rural localities a strong voice in Washington, DC. National Center for Charitable Statistics
Learn more about charities. Information on charitible contributions by state. National Center for State Courts (NCSC)
National Center for State Courts is an independent, nonprofit court improvement organization. NCSC is the organization courts turn to for authoritative knowledge and information. NCSC is able to return expertise to the courts in a variety of forms — from Web resources to hands-on assistance, NCSC was envisioned as a clearinghouse for research information and comparative data to support improvement in judicial administration in state courts. National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
A bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories; founded to improve the quality and effectiveness of state legislatures, promote policy innovation and communication among state legislature and ensure state legislatures a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system. National League of Cities (NLC)
Working in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues, NLC serves as a resource to and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns it represents. The NLC members are municipalities from across the country. National Women's Law Center
Protects and promotes equality and opportunity for women and families. The Center champions policies and laws that help women and girls achieve their potential at every stage of their lives — at school, at work, at home, and in retirement. Follows issues trending locally and nationally. PA-Joint State Government Commission
Search for studies and publications of the Joint State Government Commission, the primary non-partisan research organization that serves the General Assembly. The Commission provides the legislature with a readily available mechanism for conducting interdisciplinary studies. Pew Research Center
"The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It does so by conducting public opinion polling and social science research; by reporting news and analyzing news coverage; and by holding forums and briefings. It does not take positions on policy issues." Planetizen: The urban planning, design and development network
A public-interest information exchange for the urban planning, design, and development community covering a wide number of planning, design, and development issues, from transportation to climate change, architecture to infrastructure, housing and community development to historic preservation. Policy Archive
From The Center for Governmental Studies (CGS) - Policy Archive is an open digital archive of global, non-partisan, foundation-funded public policy research. Political Science at Villanova University State & Local Government on the Net Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)
An independent 501(c)3 non-profit. SASB’s mission is to develop and disseminate sustainability accounting standards that help publicly-listed corporations disclose material factors in compliance with SEC requirements. U.S. Courts - The Federal Judiciary
The purpose of this site is to function as a clearinghouse for information from and about the Judicial Branch of the U.S. Government. U.S. Government Information by Topic Urban Institute (the)
According to its mission statement, the Urban Institute gathers data, conducts research, evaluates programs, offers technical assistance overseas, and educates Americans on social and economic issues — to foster sound public policy and effective government.
Federal News Service
Provides immediate verbatim transcripts of government briefings, speeches, press conferences and other news-making events to the many domestic and international news bureaus in Washington, D. C. FNS transcribes some Congressional hearings, National Press Club speeches, and significant events such as conferences at Brookings Institution, Carnegie Endowment and broadcast interviews with opinion leaders. Historical New York Times: 1851- (ProQuest)
The New York Times is a unique full-image archive that brings you the entire historical run of The New York Times, in-depth coverage of science and politics. It offers complete coverage from 1851 to the present with the exception of the most current three years. Includes classified ads, comics and cartoons, photos, maps, graphics, etc., editorials and commentary. Lexis Nexis Academic
Now Nexis-Uni. Provides full-text access to a wide range of news (national, international, regional, business, legal, and foreign language), business (company financial news and information, accounting, auditing & tax information, industry and market news), and legal (law reviews, federal case law, state legal research) sources. It also features news transcripts, the U.S. Code, Constitution & Court rules, state and country profiles, medical abstracts, and reference & directory sources. Philadelphia Inquirer (1981- present)
"LexisNexis online services and the materials contained therein are under copyright by LexisNexis. All rights reserved. No part of these Services may be used except for research purposes, and the Services may not be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior written permission of the LexisNexis Academic Library Solutions. Materials retrieved from the Services may not be duplicated in hard copy or machine-readable form without the prior written authorization of LexisNexis Academic & Library Solutions, except that limited reproduction of output is permitted solely for individual use by the Authorized User or internal distribution within the Subscribing Institution in accordance with the terms of this Agreement unless further limited or prohibited by the Copyright Act of 1976. Under no circumstances may the Materials or any portion thereof be used to create derivative products or services."
Contains the complete text of articles covered beginning with 1981. It DOES NOT include advertising, calendar listings, horoscopes, sports statistics, stock tables, weather, weddings, engagements and puzzles. ProQuest Central
Vast aggregated full-text database Washington Post Historical: 1877- (ProQuest)
The historical Washington Post
offers full-text searching of every available issue of the Washington Post
and Washington Post/Times-Herald
title variations, from 1877 to the present with the exception of the last seventeen years. For more recent Washington Post
articles, see Lexis Nexis Academic
coverage (1977 - Present).
American Society for Public Administration (APSA)
Prominent professional association for public administration dedicated to advancing the art, science, teaching and practice of public and non-profit administration. ASPA’s four core values are Accountability and Performance, Professionalism, Ethics and Social Equity. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)
APPAM is dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education. Council on Foundations
The Council on Foundations, founded in 1949, is a nonprofit leadership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. The Council provides the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance and sustain their ability to advance the common good. International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy)
ICMA provides technical assistance to local governments in emerging democracies, helping them to develop professional practices and ethical, transparent governments. The organization performs a wide range of mission-driven grant and contract-funded work both in the U.S.
, which is supported by federal government agencies, foundations, and corporations.
The National Academy of Public Administration is a nonprofit nonpartisan organization focused on analyzing emerging trends in governance and public administration. It is one of the two organizations (the other being the National Academy of Sciences) chartered by Congress in this manner. Though the Academy's funding comes primarily from studies that are Congressionally requested or mandated, it is not considered a government agency. National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO)
Professional membership organization for state budget and finance officers. Acting as chief financial advisors to the nation’s governors,they guide their states in analysis of budget options and formation of sound public policy. NASBO exists to support its members in their critical job functions by providing information and training on critical state fiscal issues and budget processes, responding to member research inquiries on topics impacting states and their budgets and organizing national meetings where members can discuss critical issues and share best practices. National Association of Towns and Towhships- NATaT
To provide America's smaller communities, towns and townships, and other suburban and rural localities a strong voice in Washington, DC. National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)
Located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences, NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. NCES fulfills a Congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report complete statistics on the condition of American education. National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
A bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories; founded to improve the quality and effectiveness of state legislatures, promote policy innovation and communication among state legislature and ensure state legislatures a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system. National Council of Nonprofits
The nation’s largest network of nonprofits serves as a central coordinator and mobilizer to help nonprofits achieve greater collective impact in local communities across the country. The Council identifies emerging trends, shares proven practices, and promotes solutions that benefit charitable nonprofits and the communities they serve. National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA)
Founded in 1983, NFBPA, is the principal and most progressive organization dedicated to the advancement of black public leadership in local and state governments. Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)
The membership organization of graduate education programs in public policy, public affairs, public administration, and public & nonprofit management. NASPAA is the recognized global accreditor of master's degree programs for MPA, MPP, MPAff, and similar degrees. NASPAA's twofold mission is to ensure excellence in education and training for public service and to promote the ideal of public service. Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO)
PANO is the statewide membership organization serving and advancing the nonprofit sector through advocacy, collaboration, education and other services in order to improve the overall quality of life in Pennsylvania. Public Administration Theory Network (PATheory)
Public Managment Research Association (PMRA)
Public Administration Theory Network is an international network of professionals concerned with the advancement of public administration theory. Its affiliated scholarly journal is Administrative Theory & Praxis (ATP).
A nonprofit academic membership association that furthers research on public organizations.
E-ZBorrow and Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary loans are only available for books and journals which are not owned by Falvey. The E-ZBorrow service can be used for books which the library owns, but which are currently checked out. E-ZBorrow books are provided by a local library network and tend to arrive faster than interlibrary loans. Journal Finder
Use this link to locate journals or specific articles that may be available electronically.
Citing and Evaluating Research